Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Speech Accent Archive

The Speech Accent Archive has got to be useful to someone in your school. You can listen to audio files of a native speaker of a language read a passage in English. There are linguistic notes for some of the speakers describing what's happening. The site suggests the following folks might find this useful:

  • ESL teachers who instruct non-native speakers of English
  • Actors who need to learn an accent
  • Engineers who train speech recognition machines
  • Linguists who do research on foreign accent
  • Phoneticians who teach phonetic transcription
  • Speech pathologists
  • Anyone who finds foreign accent to be interesting
I am using it to improve my Scottish accent for when I don my kilt and walk around the house telling stories of the founder of clan Gunn, Olaf the Black.

[Image: The Speech Accent Archive. George Mason University. 9 Oct 2007 .]

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